.41 AE vs .40 S&W


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Old 06-07-2014, 12:56 AM   #1
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At the time of their introduction, other than being based on a cut down 10mm casing, what did the .40 offer that the .41 didn't? The .41 beat it to the market by 4 years, uses a standard 9mm bolt face due to it's rebated rim which aids caliber conversions and I could be wrong, but aren't they basically ballistic twins? Other than the backing of an industry giant is there any reason the .40 thrived and the .41 died?


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Old 06-07-2014, 01:11 AM   #2
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Nope, that was pretty much it. S&W still had the majority share of LE firearms contracts in the US. The FBI and other LE agencies were figuring out that the 10mm was a bit more than they bargained for, and dificult for some smaller statured officers to fire and control. S&W developed a product to fit the need/desires of their major customer base. They marketed it well, pushed it well, and had a ready market to push it out to. Gun manufacturers could used some of the barrel manufacturing equipment due to same bore diameter, just a differerent chamber depth.



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Nope, that was pretty much it. S&W still had the majority share of LE firearms contracts in the US. The FBI and other LE agencies were figuring out that the 10mm was a bit more than they bargained for, and dificult for some smaller statured officers to fire and control. S&W developed a product to fit the need/desires of their major customer base. They marketed it well, pushed it well, and had a ready market to push it out to. Gun manufacturers could used some of the barrel manufacturing equipment due to same bore diameter, just a differerent chamber depth.
Makes sense. The choice of a .40 caliber bullet in the 10mm has also always bewildered me as the last cartridge to be a .40 cal was the .38/40 when the .41 Magnum had been released much more recently.



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But, they needed to make use of the 10mm bullets that had already been developed.

Eh, we got a few decent rounds out of the 10mm. 10mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig once they necked down the .40.

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